Thomas Dolby ‎– The Flat Earth

Parlophone Odeon Series ‎– PCS 2400341
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Dissidents
Lyrics By, Music By – T. Dolby*Music By – K. Armstrong*, M. Seligman*
A2 The Flat Earth
A3 Screen Kiss
B1 White City
B2 Mulu The Rain Forest
Backing Vocals – Bruce Woolley
B3 I Scare Myself
Trombone – Peter ThomsWritten-By – D. Hicks*
B4 Hyperactive!
Mixed By – Alan Douglas (2)Percussion [Tins, Thundersheet] – Matthew SaltSampler [Drum Samples] – Justin HildrethTrombone – Peter Thoms

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Issued on Parlophone Odeon Series labels; die-cut printed inner sleeve with lyrics; some copies have a sticker on the cover stating:
'Includes The Single

Engineered in Brussels and mixed in London.

Side A total time is 17.08.
Side B total time is 20.44.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099924 003414
  • Other (Printers code): GO 8402 GL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A. Var. 1): PCS 2400341 A-2U-1*3-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B, stamped. Var. 1): PCS 2400341 B-1U-1-1- 3C P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶B̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A. Var. 2): PCS 2400341 A-1U-1-1- P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶A̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B. Var. 2): PCS 2400341 B-1U-1-1- 22 P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶B̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2400341 Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth(LP, Album) Parlophone 2400341 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
4XT-12309 Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth(Cass, Album, Dol) Capitol Records 4XT-12309 US 1984 Sell This Version
066 2400341, 066-2400341 Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth(LP, Album, Promo) EMI, EMI 066 2400341, 066-2400341 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
CDP 7 46028 2 Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth(CD, Album) Parlophone Odeon, EMI Records Ltd. CDP 7 46028 2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDP 7 46028 2 Thomas Dolby The Flat Earth(CD, Album) Parlophone Odeon CDP 7 46028 2 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version


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March 20, 2019
Not sure about the others pressings, but the Australian EMI pressing indicates it uses the "Maxicut" mastering process to produce incredibly high dynamic range particularly in the bass frequencies, without causing the needle to jump out of the groove. The Australia EMI pressing definitely has some good low end punch to it.


August 9, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
A crossroad where intellect meets mechanical pop aesthetics! Far reaching into nether techno pop most musicians in the 1980's wish they could have tread. Dolby is refined, articulate and mind bendingly creative hooks, English wit, sophisticated rhythmic passage (I swear he must have been listening to Afro pop when recording this one!) and all that this is a brilliant recording. I love all that 80s tech the 808s and Fairlights its still better than 90% of garbage that passes for music thus far into the 21st century circa 2018. Touch Mr. D. you've won this listener over with this classic yet to be re-discovered by the proles!


October 1, 2017
'Dissidents' has a quote from Laozi in Russian taken from Tarkovsky's 'Stalker':

- A man is born gentle and weak; at his death he is hard and stiff. All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death.


February 9, 2012
I have a copy of the Dutch Vinyl LP 1A0642400341A with the usual inlay sleeve & lyrics however it has a different picture sleeve. The front cover is headed 'ad-vice en de risico's van het vak ' then a large picture of 4 persons climbing mountains and the The Flat Earth Thomas Dolby,the back cover is of 7 men in ski outfits and covered in snow. Does anyone have any information on this.